Promotion: Hardfloor live (Harthouse, Hardfloor Rec. / Dusseldorf)
Acid, House and Techno changed the landscape of the German music scene ever since the end of the eighties. Producer Ramon Zenker and DJ Oliver Bondzio were ahead of this new movement right from the start. In 1991 they formed Hardfloor and had their first success with the release Once Again Back/Drug Overlord on the well-known label Eye Q. Only a few months later Hardfloor released their Hardtrance Acperience EP on Sven Väth´s cult status label Harthouse. This EP made them famous for their innovative sound far beyond European boundaries, the song Acperience 1, which even made its way into the UK charts, is still one of the milestones of Techno culture.
Only one year later the first long player TB Resuscitation was released, followed by other great and successful Albums such as Respect (1994), Homerun (1996), Best of Hardfloor (1997) and All Targets Down (1998). In 1998 the popular label K7 released their tenth X-Mix-Compilation called JackThe Box. K7 managed to persuade Hardfloor to do the track listing and mixing of this album. On this compilation Oliver and Ramon present tracks that have influenced them the most, especially sound wise. This sound is called Acid House and the instrument that comes to mind immediately is the TB 303 built by Roland. The TB 303 is the centre of the Hardfloor Sound, but breakbeats and Trip-Hop elements spice up the audio experience of Hardfloor, finally resulting in the separate project called: dadamnphreaknoizephunk.
Hardfloor managed to gather a huge fan base in the land of the rising sun. They had their first gig in Japan in 1994 and ever since Ramon and Oliver keep on returning every year to celebrate with one of the most enthusiastic audiences of the world. They also remixed tracks for many Japanese artists and contributed a track for play station-game: Ghost In The Shell. Of course many other states all over the world are glad to welcome Hardfloor in their clubs. Oliver and Ramon played the big festivals: Tribal Gathering (UK), Universe (UK), Arivika (SWE), Mayday (D), Time Warp (D), Nature One (D) und Quart Festival (NOR) Wire (JP). .. Apart from working as producers Hardfloor are very requested remixers for international pop acts in the likes of Depeche Mode, Mike Oldfield, New Order, Human League, Mory Kante and Anne Clark, as well as more underground style techno acts like Robert Armani, Secret Cinema, A Guy Called Gerald or the Rising High Collective.
Hardfloor founded their own label in 2003: www.hardfloor.de. After several 12” Releases, the 6th album „4 Out Of 5 Aliens Recommend This“ was released in Mai 2005 and was followed by their second mix-CD in 2006. To the 15th anniversary of HMV Japan they chose tracks from their early career surrounded by mostly German Acid numbers from the early 90s. In September 2007 Oliver and Ramon released the album “The Life We Choose” with tracks like “The Thrill Acid Theme” (check out the video!!) and Melorec, which were influenced by their own project Dadamnphreaknoizphunk (melodic 303 lines!).
In 2008 they compiled and mixed the 3rd volume of the Mix-CD series “Tales Of The Unexpected” for Platipus Records (UK) in which they presented their extremely varied influences from Electro va House and Techno to Minimal sounds. Their last studio album “Two Guys Three Boxes” was released in November 2010 and now, hot on its heels in June 2011, a 3CD album is being released to celebrate Hardfloor’s 20th Anniversary! In addition to 2 new exclusive tracks the Album includes all the important and ground-breaking tracks of the duo from the last 2 decades.